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CALVERT FAMILY.

Last update June 2015.

History of the surname Calvert.
This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is an occupational name for a tender of cattle, deriving from the Middle English “calfhirde”, a development of the Olde English pre 7th Century “calf” meaning calf, plus “hierde”, herdsman. Job descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer, and later became hereditary. The surname is now most widespread in North and North East England and in Northern Ireland. The surname dates back to the mid 13th Century (see below), and early recordings include: William Calvehird (1297) in the Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire, and John Calverde of York (1309), in the Calendar of Letter Books of the City of London. Variations in the spelling of the surname include Calverd and Calvard. A Coat of Arms granted to a Calvert family is black, on an inescutcheon within an orle of silver owls, three black guttes. The Crest is a silver owl black guttee. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Warin le Calfhirde, which was dated 1269, in the “Feet of Fines of Yorkshire”, during the reign of King Henry 111, known as “The Frenchman”, 1216 – 1272.

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Letter from Shirley dated Jun 2015.
I believe my grandfather, James Calvert, who lived from about 1936 to 1963 at Tower Hill Farm, Grewelthorpe, on the road to Mickley, was born of a James Calvert who originated at a farm just outside Pateley Bridge, called High Intake Farm (sounds a bit like Wuthering Heights!) and my great grandfather James Calvert was brought from Liverpool on horseback by his grandfather. I believe that my grandfather had a very Dickensian childhood on account of his father/grandfather having being unable to show much love or kindness towards him. My grandfather always appeared to me a very gentle and kind man, often buying his 4 grandchildren, who spent early years at Tower Hill, sweets and presents – perhaps because he had not experienced much happiness in childhood.

I wonder if Douglas might perhaps write to my mother, [address on file] My Mother may recall shreds of information that might help piece together some of the story. My mother was born in 1928 and her memory is still good.

My sister is well known in the Grewelthorpe and Masham area, – she is Mrs Flo Grainger, chair of the Masham Parish Council, and living at the Old Station, Masham – you may well know her. Flo was the oldest of the 4 grandchildren at Tower Hill and she also has a lot of information,

Letter from Douglas Calvert March 2014.
I am the great grandson of James Calvert born about 1859-1860 Pateley Bridge. Married to Elizabeth married abt 1883. Their children were my grandfather Joseph, born 1897. Daughters Hilda 1887, Harriet 1894-5,Ben, Frances abt 1890, James youngest.
I am having trouble tracing my family tree.
If you have any info I would appreciate it.
Regards,
Douglas Calvert.

If you can help Douglas please contact the site.

The following Information about Calverts from the Grewelthorpe area have been taken from Parish registers, school registers, local newspapers and census returns.
Last update Jan. 2015.

ADA CALVERT. Born C.1872 Galphay Moor. Dau of George & Rebecca.
ALICE CALVERT. Born C. 1888 Harrogate. Dau of James [Traction eng. driver] & Jane.
ANN CALVERT. Born C1811 Grantley. Died 1891. Dau of George & Esther James.
ANN CALVERT. Born C.1870 Galphay Moor. Dau of George & Rebecca. Married James Roger. of Grantley.
ANNAS CALVERT. Born C1829 Skellgill. Dau of William & Ann Backhouse. Married [1] *John Harrison. of Northallerton. [2] *Matthew Watson.*of Carlton in 1851.
ANNIE CALVERT. Born C.1851. Dau of John of Galphay. Married on 27.4.1875 at Kirby Malzeard church to Leonard Peacock. [b.1841] son of John Peacock.
ANNIE CALVERT. Born 14.10.1883. Bap. 30.12.1883 Grewelthorpe. Dau of George Alexander [Stonemason] & Barbara Walker. Started Grewelthorpe school 6.6.1889. Servant in Masham in 1891.
ARTHUR CALVERT. Born 10.10.1893. Bap 31.12.1893 Grewelthorpe. Son of George Alexander & Barbara Walker. Started Grewelthorpe school 29.6.1897 left to go to Angram 1906. In 1911 he was a railway porter living in Lofthouse.
AUDREY CALVERT. Dau of James Calvert of Tower Hill, Grewelthorpe. Sister of Dorothy & John.
BURNETT CALVERT. Born C. 1844 Grewelthorpe. Son of Isiah & Mary Cartwright. Living Grewelthorpe 1851. In 1871 he was a cabinet maker lodging in Linthorpe. Married Mary Mudd. of Northallerton.
DONALD WILLIAM CALVERT. Born 2.7.1936. Bap. 23.8.1936 Grewelthorpe. Son of Edmund [Bootmaker] & Agnes Isabel.
DOROTHY CALVERT. Eldest dau. of James Calvert of Tower Hill. Grewelthorpe. Married William Kibbat. of Lintorf Dusseldorf Germany. in May 1949. Report Ripon Gazette 12.5.1949.
EDITH ANNIE CALVERT. Born C.1884 Laverton. Living in Ripon as as a servant in 1901.
EDMUND CALVERT. Born 26.11.1899. Bap. 20.10.1901 Grewelthorpe. Son of George Alexander & Barbara Walker. Started Grewelthorpe school 20.4.1903. Left to go to Angram 1906. see newspaper report at end.


Mr E Calvert in October 1973 with 4 giant marrows produced from 2 plants in his Grewelthorpe garden.

ELIZABETH CALVERT. Born C1833. Died 12.4.1900 USA. Dau of William & Ann Backhouse. Married Roger Leeming.
ELIZABETH CALVERT. Born C.1837. Dau of Isiah & Mary Cartwright. Living Grewelthorpe 1851, See photo of grave below which indicates she married a Watson.
ERNEST CALVERT. Born 13.6.1897. Bap. 6.6.1898 Grewelthorpe. Son of George Alexander & Barbara Walker. Started Grewelthorpe school 17.9.1900. left to go to Angram 1906. In 1911 he was an errand boy for a baker. Living in Lofthouse.
ERNEST CALVERT. Born C. 1901 Galphay Moor. Son of John William & Emma of High Missis.
EVA SARAH CALVERT. Born C. 1906.Galphay Moor. Dau of John William & Emma of High Missis.
FRED CALVERT. Born C. 1904 Galphay Moor. Son of John William & Emma. of High Missis.
GEORGE CALVERT. Bap 17.10.1783. Son of John & Elizabeth Procter. of Bramley Grange, Grewelthorpe. Married Esther James. in 1804 at Kirkby Malzeard. In 1851 living Laverton.
GEORGE CALVERT. Born C1809 Grantley. Died 1856. Son of George & Esther James. Married to Mary Appleyard. in 1831. in Kirkby Malzeard.
GEORGE CALVERT. Born C. 1834 Skell Gill. Farmer at Mouse Hall, Azerley. Married to Rebecca born 1840 at Sutton. Widower in 1901.
GEORGE ALEXANDER CALVERT. Born C.1850 Grewelthorpe. Died Sept. 1920 Pateley Bridge. Son of Isiah & Mary Cartwright. of Grewelthorpe. Married in 1880 to Barbara Walker. [1861-1920]. George was a stonemason. They had 12 children. 1 died before 1911.
In 1883 George Calvert applied for a license to sell alcohol at The Royal Oak, Grewelthorpe. His application was refused despite the fact that he had a petition signed by Grewelthorpe residents saying he was fit and proper to hold the license. The Chairman of the Bench said he understood that Calvert was fond of the drink, and for this reason his application was refused. Ref. Knaresborough Post 1883.
July 1900 Walker House Grewelthorpe sold with meadowland called Lagram and Norridge allotment of 1.5acres. In the occupation of G.Calvert. Sold to J.Spence of Ripon for £200. Ref. Leeds Mercury.
GEORGE CALVERT. Born 23.5.1891.Bap. 9.8.1891 Grewelthorpe. Son of George Alexander & Barbara Walker. Started Grewelthorpe school 9.4.1894. In 1911 he was a mason’s apprentice in Lofthouse.
HENRY CALVERT. Solicitor, and Treasurer to the Masham Local Board in 1890.
ISABELLA CALVERT. Born C1805 Skellgill. Died 1849. Dau of George & Esther James.
ISABELLA CALVERT. Born C1820. Lived Intack. Died an infant. Buried 15.12.1820. Ref. Kirkby Malzeard Par. reg.
ISABELLA CALVERT. Born C. 1824 Skellgill. Died 1914 Dau of William & Ann. Married John Harrison of Grantley on 5.3.1846 Ripon Reg. Office. had 10 children See Harrison page.
ISABELLA CALVERT. Born 1838 Grewelthorpe. Dau of Isaiah & Mary Cartwright. see Cartwright page. Married James Metcalf. of Masham. had dau Mary Jane Metcalf. b. 1878. Middlesboro. See Metcalfe page.
ISIAH CALVERT. Born C1780 Died 1845. Married Elizabeth Burnett Craddock. [1783-1862].
ISIAH CALVERT. Born 1809 Died 1882 Grewelthorpe.Son of Isiah & Elizabeth Burnett Craddock. Husband of Mary Cartwright. Lived Quarry House. Father of Mary Ann. M.I. Grave in Grewelthorpe churchyard. [see picture below].
ISIAH CALVERT. Bap. 8.1.1890 Grewelthorpe. Buried 29.1.1890. Son of George Alexander & Barbara Walker.
JAMES CALVERT. Born C. 1788. Lived Intack. Buried 24.10.1820. Ref. Kirkby Malzeard Par. reg.
JAMES CALVERT. Lived Tower Hill Grewelthorpe.
JAMES CALVERT. Born 8.6.1829 Skellgill. Died 20.7.1885 Winksley. Son of William & Ann Backhouse. Married Ann Whitwham. in June 1856. Innkeeper at Grantley.
JAMES CALVERT. Born C. 1862 Kirkby Malzeard. A Mechanic Traction Driver. Married in 1883 to Jane [b.1858] of Harrogate. In 1911 they were living in Harrogate with 3 children.
JANE CALVERT. Born C.1841 Grewelthorpe. Died C1870. Dau of Isaiah & Mary Cartwright. Living Grewelthorpe 1851. See picture of grave below. She married Thomas Kirkbright. in May 1866.
JANE CALVERT. Bap. 20.4.1862 Kirkby Malzeard. Dau of Christopher & Elizabeth of Beckmeetings.
JANE CALVERT. Born 4.4.1887. Bap. 29.5.1887 Grewelthorpe. Dau of George Alexander [mason] & Barbara Walker. Started Grewelthorpe school 29.9.1891.
JOHN CALVERT. Son of James of Galphay. John was a Blacksmith. married on 13.12.1849 to Widow Ann Baul [nee Porter]. dau of Robert Porter. at Kirkby Malzeard church.
JOHN CALVERT. Born C. 1831. Buried 31.7.1853 Skellgill. aged 22. [Ref. Par.Reg.] Son of William & Ann Backhouse.
JOHN CALVERT. Son of William of Skellgill. Married on 5.6.1852 at Kirkby Malzeard to Margaret Burrill. of Dallowgill. Dau of John Burrill. Witness Mary Burrill.
JOHN CALVERT. Bap. 5.10.1853 Dallowgill. Son of William & Mary of Carlsmoor.
JOHN WILLIAM HENRY CALVERT. Born C. 1849 Grewelthorpe. Banns read for marriage to Annie Weighill. of Grewelthorpe in April 1872. In 1901 he was a Gamekeeper at Kimmel Park in Wales.
JOHN CALVERT. Born C.1849 Grewelthorpe. Son of Isiah & Mary Cartwright. [Ref 1851 census]
JOHN WILLIAM CALVERT. Born C. 1874 Galphay Moor. Son of George & Rebecca. Living Mouse Hall 1881. Married in 1903 to Emma [b.1871] Skelding. In 1911 Living High Missis, Galphay Moor.
JOHN HENRY CALVERT. Solicitor in Masham in 1890. Ref. Bulmers Directory.
JOHN HENRY CALVERT. Bap 21.7.1878 Grewelthorpe. Son of Burnett [Joiner] & Mary Mudd.
JOHN JAMES CALVERT. Born 20.4.1882. Bap 30.4.1882 Grewelthorpe. Died 31.5.1923. in Pateley Bridge. Son of George Alexander [Stonemason] & Mary? or Barbara Walker. Started Grewelthorpe school 23.6.1886. Married 1910 to Ethel Cryer. Moved to Durham.

John James Calvert [1882-1923 ?]


Ethel Calvert nee Cryer.

JOHN CALVERT. Son of James Calvert of Tower Hill, Grewelthorpe. Brother of Audrey & Dorothy.
LAURA ELIZABETH CALVERT. Born C1882 Laverton. dau of John. Married on 29.6.1904 at Kirkby Malzeard to Matthew Robert Wintersgill. [b.1877] a butcher. Son of Thomas.
LILY ALBERTA CALVERT. Born C1878 Died 13 Feb 1946 age 68. Dau of John & Eliza of Laverton. Buried K.Malzeard cemetery.
MARGARET CALVERT. Born C1826 Skellgill. Died 10.3.1904 Dallowgill. Dau of William of Skellgill & Ann Backhouse.*of Skelding. Married on 17.11.1849 at Kirkby Malzeard church to *Matthew Barker. son of John Barker of Dallowgill. [Ref. K.Mal.Par.Reg.]
MARGARET CALVERT. Of Grewelthorpe. Banns read for marriage to Christopher Pickersgill. of Middlesborough in Dec. 1870.
MARGARET CALVERT. Born C.1846 Grewelthorpe. Dau of Isiah & Mary Cartwright.
MARGARET ETHEL CALVERT. Born C. 1890 Kirkby Malzeard. Living Langcliffe Yorks.in 1911. as a domestic servant.
MARGARET CALVERT. Born 28.9.1895. Bap. 7.12.1895 Grewelthorpe. Dau of George Alexander & Barbara Walker. Started Grewelthorpe school 4.9.1898. left to go to Angram 1906.

MARY ANN CALVERT. Born C. 1833. Buried 11.11.1852 Grewelthorpe. Dau of Isiah & Mary Cartwright. of Quarry House, Grewelthorpe.
MARY CALVERT [nee CARTWRIGHT]. Born C. 1808. Buried 14.5.1880. Grewelthorpe. Wife of Isiah Calvert. Glazier. M.I.
MARY ANN CALVERT. Bap. 26.9.1852 Dalowgill. Dau of John Calvert & Margaret Burrill. of Carlsmoor.
MARY CALVERT. Bap. 10.9.1854 Kirkby Malzeard. Dau of James & Mary of Bramley Grange, Grewelthorpe.
MARY JANE CALVERT. Born C.1859 Grewelthorpe. Died 28.3.1939 Carlsmoor. Dau of William & Mary. Married Leonard Peter Burrill. [see Burrill page]. in 1809 Ripon. Had 7 children.
MARY ELIZABETH CALVERT. Born 11.11.1880. Bap 22.5.1881 Grewelthorpe. Dau of George Alexander [Stonemason] & Barbara Walker. Started Grewelthorpe school 17.8.1885. In 1901 she was a Kitchen maid for the Bishop of Durham. in Auckland Castle.
MAURICE STANLEY CALVERT. Born 27.12.1910. Died Nov 2001 Devon. Son of John James & Ethel Cryer.
Married Marjorie Gilks of Wakefield in 1935.
PERCY CALVERT. Born C. 1892 Harrogate. Son of James [Traction Eng. Driver] & Jane. Percy was a motor bus driver in 1911.
RAYMOND CALVERT. Born 19.9.1901.Bap. 20.10.1901 Grewelthorpe. Son of George Alexander & Barbara Walker. Started Grewelthorpe school 15.5.1905. Left to go to Angram 906.
REUBEN WATSON CALVERT. Bap. 5.6.1859 Grewelthorpe. Son of Samuel {Plumber & Glazier.}& Mary.
RICHARD CALVERT. Bap. 6.2.1771. Son of John of Bramley Grange, Grewelthorpe.
RUTH CALVERT. Born C.1842 Grewelthorpe. Dau of Isiah & Mary Cartwright. Living Grewelthorpe 1851. Married William Ingleby. in 1863. See picture of grave below.
RUTH CALVERT. Born 1876 Laverton. Dau of John Wm. Henry & Anne Weighill. In 1901 in Wales.
WALTER CALVERT. Born C. 1885. Fish Salesman in Harrogate in 1911. Son of James [Traction Engine driver] & Jane.
WILLIAM CALVERT. Born C. 1759. Died 1824 Bewerly. Married to Rachel Grange. of Pateley Bridge.
WILLIAM CALVERT. Born C.1795 Greygarth. Lived Skellgill. Son of William & Rachel Grange. Married to Ann Backhouse. Parents of Isabella, Margaret, George & John.

Carol Metcalfe has the following information re Wm and Ann.
If you can solve this puzzle please contact the site.
Message sent May 2012.: I note that the website gives the parents of Wm Calvert of Skellgill born Greygarth as Wm and Rachel however K. Malzeard parish record has: bap 19.10.1794, Wm son of John Calvert of Greygrete also William’s MI is on the reverse of John and Isabella’s. [See image of grave at end.] Finally Wm is on John’s death cert as present at the death the site also has Wm’s wife as Ann Backhouse – I had believed his wife was Ann Watson from ripon parish record.

WILLIAM CALVERT. Born C1816 Galphay. Died 3 Nov 1899. Carlsmoor. Married in 1848 to Mary of Dallowgill. Farmer living Grewelthorpe 1861.
WILLIAM CALVERT. Bap. 14.9.1851 Dallowgill. Died 1924. Son of James & Mary of Bramley Grange. This is possibly the William that married Mary Fryer. [1858 – 1939] see grave at end.
WILLIAM CALVERT. Bap. 5.10.1856 Dallowgill. Son of William & Mary of Carlsmoor.
WILLIAM HENRY CALVERT. Born 4.4.1885. Bap. 6.9.1885. Grewelthorpe. Son of George Alexander [stonemason] & Barbara Walker.
Started Grewelthorpe school 14.4.1890.

Grave of Isiah & Mary Calvert. This large stone also records Mary Ann Calvert. Ruth Ingleby, Jane Kirkbright & Elizabeth Watson. Children of Isiah & Mary.


Grave of William Calvert & Mary Fryer.
in Winksley graveyard.


Grave of James Calvert & Ann in Winksley churchyard.


Calverts of Skellgill. Grave K.Malzeard.


Reverse of the Calverts grave in K.Malzeard churchyard.
Pictures from Carol Metcalfe.

Report in Yorkshire Evening Post April 1942.
TWO MOTOR-CYCLISTS Collision Responsibility Decided At Assizes .
Two motorcyclists who collided on the Grewelthorpe-Rlpon road, at Bush Farm Corner, May I3. 1940. brought cross claims in the Civil Court at the Assizes Leeds to-day. The parties were Edmund Calvert, labourer. Westfleld Cottage, Grewelthorpe, and John Wright Cuthbert. foreman timber leader, Ore Bank Top. Ripon. Mr. Justice Lawrence dismissed Calvert’s claim against Cuthbert, awarded Cuthbert £446 damages with costs on his counter-claim. He found that the accident was caused solely by the negligence Calvert. Calvert sustained a fracture of his right leg and right wrist. He was out of work for 60 weeks.